As the Chhath Puja festivities conclude in West Bengal, winter takes a swift hold, with Kolkata registering a minimum temperature nearing 20 degrees Celsius, according to a statement from the Meteorological Department on Monday. The maximum temperature in the capital city is reported at 29.4 degrees Celsius. Residents are feeling the chill, necessitating the use of blankets for a comfortable night's sleep.
Across various parts of the state, including Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas, East and West Medinipur, Purulia, and Bankura, people are donning warmer clothes in response to the dropping temperatures. The Meteorological Department predicts a further decrease in temperature throughout the week, marking the gradual onset of winter, with expectations of more pronounced cold in December.
As cold seeps into the air, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, and Kalimpong in North Bengal are already recording a drop in temperature. Being hilly regions, North Bengal experiences an early arrival of winter, impacting most areas in the region. The Meteorological Department anticipates the cold wave to intensify by the month of December, setting the stage for winter across West Bengal.